YAY! THIS FUN BOOK IS OUT TODAY!!!
Balthazar Fabuloso in the Lair of the Humbugs
Written by I.J. Brindle
Illustrated by Sholto Walker
240 pages – ages 8+
Published by Holiday House on May 1, 2016
Synopsis from the Publisher- “Balthazar Fabuloso’s lovable and eccentric family performs a magic show. What makes the act so unusual is that all the Fabulosos actually have superhuman powers, except for Balthazar, a practical-minded 11-year-old who simply aspires to be a normal kid. So when everyone but Balthazar disappears mid performance, the only Fabuloso without real magical skills must save the family.Balthazar wonders if the family’s arch-rivals, the Furious Fistulas, are to blame or if there are other, even darker forces at work. To free his loved ones Balthazar must work with some questionable characters, including a lunatic long-lost uncle, three enigmatic senior citizens and the loathsome Pagan Fistula, whose family also mysteriously goes missing.
At the center of these disappearances is a force so evil that the world’s most preeminent magicians cower before it. What hope could a ragtag crew of misfits have against it?”
What I Thought- I was a bit hesitant to review this book. I wasn’t really drawn in by the description but I have to say, the book had a good story and solid writing. Brindle has a fun writing style that aims perfectly at a younger audience. The characters are super odd but that totally work within the story. I really enjoyed the images created by Brindle’s writing. There is a good story-line that will keep kids involved and reading. I liked the touch of having Pagan Fistula’s journal entries included in the story. Walker’s illustrations add the finishing touch. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would like to follow the further adventures of this quirky family. I really hope that there is another book to follow this fun debut.
I give this book five out of five bookworms.
Categories: Age 9+